Rookie running back, Legarrette Blount is being touted as the next train, although the original train, Mike Alstott was amply named the A-Trian for his perseverance in short yardage situations and his battering ram style of trucking would be defenders. Blount has been given the moniker of the B-Train by local scribe Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune after his 1-yard touchdown plunge late in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bucs have started a season 2-0 on the road eight times in the franchises history and advanced to the playoffs five of those years, if the Bucs should escape the hostile confines of Cincinnati with a win it would mark the ninth time in their 35 year history such an occurrence has happened.
Dating back to last season the Bucs have won three consecutive road games and are going for a fourth this Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium as they will take on the Carson Palmer led Bengals who they have beaten in the last five meetings and hold a 6-3 series lead. During his news conference Wednesday Raheem Morris was pressed for an answer as to why his young road warriors succeed on the road. Morris’ answer seemed to indicate his youngsters thrive on being booed and ripped by opposing fans.
Marvin Lewis voiced his displeasure in a conference call with local beat writers in Tampa over the tactics being used by the Bucs to secure players. The Bucs who have used the Bengals practice squad as a farm system of sorts to acquire players over the past two seasons as they plucked S Corey Lynch and FB Chris Pressley off the Bengals practice squad in 2009 have no doubt angered Lewis over their most recent tactic when they agreed to pay one of the Bengals 2010 draft picks Dezmon Briscoe $320,000, the minimum rookie salary, which is well above the standard paid to practice squad players.
Lewis bristled when he was asked to give a scouting report on Briscoe who was seldom used by the Bengals in the preseason in an attempt to stash him on their practice squad.
“He’s a Bucs player now,” scoffed Lewis as he talked to the local reporters. “I think you should probably ask Raheem about that. When you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem in the system for teams. I don’t know that teams want to set that precedent. They did with Dez.. That’s not the great precedent for teams to set as we try to keep the NFL doing the things we’re trying to do as a league. It’s still a league of 32 teams and things are put together a certain way.”
Should Ronde Barber get the nod on Sunday against the Bengals as one of the Bucs two starting cornerbacks he would tie current Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau for the most consecutive starts by an NFL cornerback at 171 games.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that reserve defensive end Michael X. Bennett who has been inactive through the first three games has gotten strong indications that he’ll be activated and will get a chance to play against the Bengals as the teams looks to find a way to turn up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks.